And would they have been able to do so under todays strict immigration policies?
Would YOU be here if we inforced stict immigration laws 50, 100 or 200 years ago the way the government would like to today?
And do you consider that when you are bashing illegals?
When the country was young we had a lot of room. Now the country is about to bust, there are so many people here. We came from Europe. Germany ,Ireland. No, we would probably still be in Europe if we tried to come to the USA today.
Answer by louise2 at 3:10 PM on Oct. 18, 2009
For me, I'm Irish, Scottish, Welsh, German, Italian and Polish - All of my ancestors were poor - very poor - and in some cases even criminals. But they came to America, huddled in the bottom floor room of a boat with 13 other families who simply wanted better. They came here with no plan, no job and no money... And they were welcomed! Sure there were hard times, and life wasn't easy. But they were Americans now, and that made life better. I am here, a strong and proud American woman, because they came here.
How many millions of people would never have been born if we were so picky about who we accepted in the past - I know I wouldn't be here. So, I say, let them in. Make them legal. Show them the same courtesy as you did my ancestors. These people are in need of a better life - That's what America used to be about... How easily we forget!
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Answer by Crissy1213 at 3:15 PM on Oct. 18, 2009
My ancestry comes from English, Irish, Scottish, Native American. The earliest American Ancestor is Puritan roots in Salem Mass. (Hung for witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials). I do not mind people legally coming to America. I do mind people coming in illegally, not paying taxes, getting all sorts of benefits and living as thriftily as possible, and then going back to Mexico or whereever they came from with enough money in their pocket to sit around for a year or two. The cycle continues. That I cannot abide by. If you want to be an American, by all means come here legally, learn English, fit into society and I'll welcome you like any other American. The problem is when illegal immigrants abuse the system.
Answer by SalemWitchChild at 3:20 PM on Oct. 18, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 3:20 PM on Oct. 18, 2009
Ireland and Germany--first wave just prior to the Revolutionary War, next wave, just before the Civil War and the final wave at the turn of the century (1895ish). I have had the discussion with students many times that I fully understand my status as a fourth generation citizen. I have no idea what my ancestors went through to become naturalized--but they all did. I do know the Irish were treated like garbage (pretty much the way many consider Hispanics). My great-grandfather died in a horrible accident while working in the shipping yards of Boston Harbor (early 1900's) and no one thought to inform my great-grandmother. She was told that since they were Irish and bred like rabbits, her sons could keep supporting the family. One less Mick was no great concern. Unfortunately, this type of attitude exists to this day in regard to many ethnic groups. It is shameful.
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